Parents: Parent Resources

Resources List

Remember you are not alone! There are many organizations dedicated to helping you support your child's learning. Get your questions answered and get informed about what you can do to help your child by calling or visiting an organization in your neighborhood. Here is just a handful organizations to get you started.

Boston Resources
Boston Partners in Education
617-451-6145
44 Farnsworth St.
Boston, MA 02110
http://www.bostonpartners.org
An independent, nonprofit organization that trains and places thousands of volunteers in Boston public schools.

Boston Public Schools (BPS)
617-635-9000
BPS Main Office
26 Court St.
Boston, MA 02108
http://boston.k12.ma.us/
Practical information about Boston public schools, including enrollment, transportation, MCAS, special education, and bilingual education. Hosts an annual Showcase of Schools at the Bayside Expo Center in early January.

BPS Citywide Parents Council
617-635-9210
21 Deckard St.
Boston, MA 02121
Advocates for quality education for all Boston public school students. Provides technical assistance, advocacy services, training, support, and resources.

BPS Counseling & Intervention Center
617-635-8123
515 Hyde Park Ave.
Roslindale, MA 02131
Offers counseling to prevent violence-related behaviors.

BPS Multilingual Communications and Placement Center
617-635-6547
55 New Dudley St.
Roxbury, MA 02120
Assists parents of children enrolled in BPS bilingual education programs. Help in Spanish, Cape Verdean, Haitian, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Somali, Greek, Arabic, and Italian.

BPS Parent Support Services Team
617-635-9660
BPS Main Office
26 Court St.
Boston, MA 02108
Assists parents during school registration and provides information about special services and community resources.

BPS Special Needs Parent Advisory Council
617-635-7810 or 617-635-6878
515 Hyde Park Ave.
Roslindale, MA 02131
Advocates for children with special needs in the BPS. Offers monthly parent workshops and individual case advocacy.

BPS Title I Parent Resource Center
617-635-7750
445 Warren Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02121
Offers workshops, training, and advocacy support for parents of Title I students. Title I provides extra resources to schools with the highest concentrations of poverty.

Community Mobilization Empowerment Project
617-442-4519
c/o Urban League of Eastern Mass.
88 Warren St.
Roxbury, MA 02119
Works with parents of children of color to improve communication skills and self-confidence. CMEP programs are located at:

  • Crispus Attucks Children's Center
  • Roxbury Family YMCA
  • Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center
  • Freedom House
  • Hattie B. Cooper Community Center
  • Roxbury Boys & Girls Club
Massachusetts Resources
Higher Education Information Center
617-536-0200
c/o Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
http://www.edinfo.org
Offers "Early Awareness" workshops for parents of middle school children who want to go to college. Provides free publications on MCAS and SAT tests, scholarships, and financial aid.

Latino Parents Association
617-983-5529
555 Armory St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Supports Latino parents in advocating for their children in school. Help in Spanish.

Learning Disabilities Association of Massachusetts
781-891-5009
1275 Main St.
Waltham, MA 02451
http://www.ldam.org
Volunteer organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals with learning disabilities and their families.

Parents' Place
617-236-7210
c/o Federation for Children with Special Needs
1135 Tremont St., Suite 2120
Boston, MA 02120
http://www.pplace.org
Supports parent involvement and offers free "Families First" workshops, where parents can learn about special topics and share tips with other parents. Help in Spanish and Portuguese.

Parents United for Child Care
617-426-8288
30 Winter St.
Boston, MA 02108
Provides information about after-school child care, tutoring, and homework assistance. Help in Spanish.

Massachusetts Advocacy Center
617-357-8431
100 Boylston St., Suite 200
Boston, MA 02116
Supports parent involvement and trains parents to become more effective educational advocates for their children. Help in Spanish.

Massachusetts Department of Education
781-338-3000
350 Main St.
Malden, MA 02148
http://www.doe.mass.edu
Provides comprehensive information about education in Massachusetts, including the latest policies and statistics on the MCAS exam.

National Resources
Institute for Responsive Education
617-373-2595
21 Lake Hall
Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115
http://www.responsiveeducation.org
A nonprofit organization that promotes family and community involvement in education with a special emphasis on issues of educational equity.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
212-545-7510
381 Park Avenue South, Suite 1401
New York, NY 10016
http://www.ncld.org/index.html
Provides national leadership in support of children and adults with learning disabilities.

The Right Question Project
(617) 492-1900
2464 Massachusetts Avenue- Suite 314
Cambridge, MA 02140
http://www.rightquestion.org
A nonprofit organization that helps parents get more involved in their children's education.

US Department of Education
800-872-5327
400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20202
http://www.ed.gov/
Produces hundreds of publications annually, administers programs and initiatives, and underwrites education research.